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BLAZERS @ GIANTS
PACIFIC COLISEUM - FRIDAY @ 730 PM
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Dave Sheldon - Vancouver Giants
VANCOUVER BC – The Vancouver Giants (38-4-0-3) are back home after a very successful seven game road trip that saw the G-Men go 6-1 on their swing through the Central Division and Kelowna.
The Giants last game was a battle versus their BC Division Rivals, the Kelowna Rockets, on Wednesday night. A spirited game which saw a number of lead changes turned into a Vancouver 6-4 win. Evander Kane and Casey Pierro-Zabotel had another fantastic evening on offence, with both players collecting four points. Kane potted three goals and now has 30 on the season while Pierro-Zabotel was the delivery man once again, with three assists. Casey has had nine points in his last two games and 82 points on the season, which leaves him 5 points shy of Gilbert Brule’s team record of 87 points set in 2004-05.
The Kamloops Blazers (23-22-1-4) are on a bit of a roll, as they have reeled off six wins over their past seven games, including winning their last three. On Wednesday night, the Blazers were able to skate out of the new ShoWare Center in Kent, WA. with a 3-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds. CJ Stretch tallied one goal and one assist in the win but the story of the game was the play of goaltender Justin Leclerc. Leclerc made 44 saves for the victory and if not for a late goal by Jeremy Boyer with under two minutes to play, Leclerc would have posted his third career shutout and first with the Blazers.
This is the first game back at the Pacific Coliseum for the Giants since January 3rd, when the Kamloops Blazers stopped the Giants 2-1. It was the Giants first loss of the season in regulation. Going into tonight’s game, Vancouver has a home ice record of 20-1-0-2. Kamloops is 10-12-0-3 on the road so far this season. Vancouver is 2-1-0-1 versus the Blazers this season.
The Giants get set for three games in three nights. You can catch all the action on AM 650, with Brook Ward hosting the Save On Foods Pre Game show at 7 pm, followed by Dave Sheldon and Steve Ewen calling all the action from the Rink on Renfrew at 7:30 pm.
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